Natural Scotland has a License to Thrill this Father’s Day
VisitScotland is encouraging Northern Ireland families to get creative this Father’s Day with the gift of a special visit to Scotland for deserving Dads. Those keen to avoid buying yet another tie or useless gadget, have plenty of unforgettable experiences to choose from during the Year of Natural Scotland.
Whether he’s keen to experience a famous whisky, follow in the tyre marks of James Bond’s Aston Martin or enjoy his favourite hobby in a new environment, there’s a host of fantastic experiences to enjoy and memories to be made in Scotland for worthy fathers.
Whatever his interest, during the Year of Natural Scotland, which celebrates the country’s outstanding natural beauty and aims to showcase the best of its historic landscapes, natural playgrounds and surprising wildlife, there are many experiences to suit every Dad. Highlights include:
007 Experience with a Licence to Thrill: A trip of a lifetime, The James Bond experience begins in Edinburgh, birthplace of Sir Sean Connery, where Dads can check out his former haunts, schools and sample his favourite cocktail in stylish George Street. Followed by a stunning drive to the Highlands taking in the amazing scenery and incredible locations where several Bond movies were filmed including, Glencoe, Skyfall, the tranquil village of Crinan, From Russia with Love and historic Eilean Donan Castle, The World Is Not Enough. Complete your James Bond Experience with a tour of the Macallan Distillery where you can sample Bond’s favourite whisky
A Tipple Tour: Perhaps a drop of Scotland’s finest would hit the spot? Whisky is always a popular gift for Dads on Father’s Day but how about taking the gift one step further with a Scottish Whisky Tour. Scotland has a vast natural larder with plenty of distilleries and whisky tours available offering opportunities to see first-hand how the country’s famous spirit is made and to appreciate the distinct characteristics of the main whisky regions. The Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside is the only one of its kind in the world. It begins at the Glenlivet Distillery in Banffshire with its wonderful and intriguing history, then on to Cardhu Distillery with a dedicated tasting and nosing session and finishing off at Speyside Cooperage with its ancient whisky customs and opportunity to make a mini –cask.
Golfers Delight from Tee to Green: There is no finer place for a golf break than Scotland, the country that gave it to the world and with over 550 courses you are totally spoilt for choice. Illustrious Open venues like the Old Course at St Andrews, Royal Troon, Muirfield, Carnoustie and Turnberry never fail to inspire and amaze. Countless other courses also provide incredible golf and scenic experiences, elegant Gleneagles boasts three championship courses, Royal Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands is a timeless classic and stunning Blairgowrie in Perthshire is where Greg Norman picked up his first European Tour Title.
Enjoy the Quiet Life: Never happier than when sitting on the banks of the river? Scotland’s rivers offer excellent fishing, with sea angling also popular. There are hundreds of fishable rivers and lochs on the mainland and on the islands. The rivers Spey and Tay are fine examples of the country’s great salmon fishing rivers while the Tweed is renowned for its trout fishing. With great stocks of fish and so many great spots, your fishing break in Scotland can be anything you want it to be.
Jazz in July: Spanning all ages and a wide range of music, jazz has a huge appeal and following. Scotland captures the soothing sounds of the South with year round jazz events. Music fans are sure to enjoy the Glasgow Jazz Festival in July, perhaps the most eclectic, engaging event in Scotland’s musical calendar, showcasing the best Scottish talent alongside legendary international acts.
These Father’s Day breaks are only a short flight away – Northern Ireland air routes cover various cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestwick, Inverness and Aberdeen from local airports – George Best Belfast City Airport, Belfast International Airport and City of Derry Airport. Additional easy access routes from Northern Ireland to Scotland include short ferry trips from Belfast to Cairnryan and Larne to Troon and Cairnryan.
For more information on perfect trips for Father’s Day visit www.visitscotland.com